Interview with Scott Thomas Outlar, Author of “Songs of A Dissident”

Interesting 2016 interview of Scott Thomas Outlar

Geosi Reads

Photo: Scott Thomas Outlar Photo: Scott Thomas Outlar

Brief Biography:

Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa where links to his published poetry and fiction can be found. The site also features a page with an extensive list of links to literary venues, as well as a page dedicated to the work of other contemporary writers and artists. Scott’s chapbook “Songs of A Dissident” will be released in January 2016 through Transcendent Zero Press. His words have appeared recently in venues such as Yellow Chair Review, Dissident Voice, Dead Snakes, Harbinger Asylum, and Section 8 Magazine. He is always happy to connect with new people, so feel free to reach out and contact him on Facebook and Twitter.

Geosi Gyasi: To begin with, I find your obligatory biography quite intriguing. What do you mean by saying you “survived both the primordial fire and the cataclysmic flood”?

Scott Thomas Outlar: I, like everyone else…

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Fronteriza (a review of Donna Snyder’s upcoming book)

A review from 2014

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Self-portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States (Frida Kahlo) Self-portrait on the Borderline Between Mexico and the United States (Frida Kahlo)

Speak to me in Spanish. I’ll hear all vowels and no consonants. I’ll understand all nouns and no verbs, miss the plot but grasp the emotion.

To read a poem by Donna Snyder is to be transported to a variegated and vivid neighborhood of ideas.

This is a place which could not strictly be located within a geography text, because it has emerged within a community of languages, cultures, flavors, textures and creative expressions that exists along the border-lands between the United States and Mexico, and from the Celtic consciousness of a fiery red-head.

I first became acquainted with the work of Donna Snyder when she was known in online writing circles as “Fronteriza,” which seems a fitting way to describe a poet, advocate, and activist who has extended herself  as a bridge between languages, cultures, and genders for many years. Her writing is populated by visionary imagery and…

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One of my favorite poets….

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Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr. considers himself the official spiritual advisor of his roommates, Gordot and Dwight—the first a goldfish, the other a Turkish Van cat. His works have been published in The Poetry Magazine, Moria Poetry Journal,Fogged Clarity, Everyday Poem, Loch Raven Review, The Buddhist Poetry Review, The Philippines Free Press, Troubadour 21, Full of Crow, Indigo Rising, Asia Writes, Triggerfish Critical Review, Troubadors 21, Gloom Cupboard, TAYO, Haggard & Halloo, and elsewhere. His first book, A Fistful of Moonbeams, was published by Kilmog Press in April 2010. His second book, Kleenex Theory, was published in 2015. He is busy anthologizing emptiness and boredom at the moment.


Rm 403-A

This is the way white will never be the same
To me—the way white walls, white steel bed,
Lilliums, heliotropes in ash-blue vases connive

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My publication–History sits on a chair–five poets on the same theme

My poem History Sits in a Chair published a few years ago….

poetry from the frontera

History sits on a chair–Five poets on the same theme, curated by klassnik on newhive.

history sits on a chair
picks her teeth with a rabbit bone and drops a cup
ouilipolice wear riot gear to ensure random chance
every third erasure cubed then triangulated
but still the uncertainty principle warps the record
the delusions of mathematicians and platonists
so sure equations are reality behind the flickers and shadows
a harmony of glass globes static as stars painted on a ceiling
an arrow shot from a train at once hood ornament and memory
time asymmetrical and memory just another construct
but there is no imaginary time when stirring a pot of rabbit stew

she mentions the heat death of the universe
all the stars burn out one by one ashes ashes
we all fall down but then the big bounce
the broken teacup reassembles
on the table from which it…

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When her twin died

Sharing this again because I’m crying.

poetry from the frontera

for Tina upon the death of her sister, Frida

When her twin died Tina lost her bearing. The sisters had never been apart.  They slept together like friendly lovers.  Cleaned each other’s face and ears, behind the neck.  Frida never even had to speak, for Tina heard her thoughts.  They played together in their dreams each night, running under the desert sun.  Their hair the color of a fawn.  Their bellies and feet, precious and pink.  Their little hands in little white gloves.

Frida made up games for just the two of them.  Tina was the athlete.  The warrior.  The beauty of the family.  The sweetness.  Indomitable.  Frida, the artist.  The invalid.  The intrepid one. The creative.  She worshipped fire.  She feared no one.  Together they were the Amazon princessas.  Inseparable.  Invisibly conjoined.  So when Frida died, she became Tina’s phantom appendage.  The agony of amputation without the blood.  And…

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